Volunteers who helped with last year’s garlic mustard eradication included, from left, front row: Christy Marsden, Kathy Bakken, Steffan Mirsky, Beth Martens and Jennie Solverson and back row: Kirk Johnson, Ben Kratchmer, Maxxx Madcap, Jill Wolf and Kirk Hansen.
Volunteers who helped with last year’s garlic mustard eradication included, from left, front row: Christy Marsden, Kathy Bakken, Steffan Mirsky, Beth Martens and Jennie Solverson and back row: Kirk Johnson, Ben Kratchmer, Maxxx Madcap, Jill Wolf and Kirk Hansen.

Friends of Decorah Parks is planning garlic mustard eradication events Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. until noon, and Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. until noon.

Those interested should meet at Palisades Park. Go past the entrance along the gravel road by the river one half mile to the end of the road. Arrive sometime before 10 a.m. and bring gloves. Hand diggers and hoes will be provided but more hoes are needed.

"To get ride of garlic mustard is very simple," said organizer Mary Lewis of Decorah. "You have to know what it is, where it is, kill it and then go back and kill what you missed the first time."

"The orange flags in Palisades are placed to come back to. First look for the little satellite populations beyond a main, big area, and save a whole new hillside from infestation," said Lewis.

"The plants need to be killed before they go to flower. If they begin to send up a flower stalk, you have to put them in bags until they rot, or else they can finish the job even with their roots in the air."

For questions contact Ellen Macdonald at ellenmac11@gmail.com or call 563-419-0339.